18 days in France & Switzerland Itinerary

18 days in France & Switzerland Itinerary

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Geneva, Switzerland
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Montreux, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Annecy, France
— 3 nights
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Orange, France
— 2 nights
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Sault, France
— 2 nights
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Aix-en-Provence, France
— 1 night
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Moustiers Sainte-Marie, France
— 2 nights
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Antibes, France
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Geneva, Switzerland

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): make a trip to Palais des Nations, Genève, stroll around Jardin Anglais, and then admire the striking features of Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Geneva vacation planner.

If you are flying in from U.S. Virgin Islands, the closest major aiports are Geneva Cointrin International Airport, Bern Belp Airport and EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg Airport. In June, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Montreux.

Things to do in Geneva

Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Jun 28 — 29:

Montreux, Switzerland

— 1 night
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Montreux sightseeing tool.

Getting from Geneva to Montreux by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. On the 29th (Wed), you'll travel to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Montreux

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Tours
Find places to stay Jun 28 — 29:

Grindelwald, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
On the 29th (Wed), take some stellar pictures from First Cliff Walk by Tissot, tour the pleasant surroundings at Grindelwald-First, and then fly down the slopes at Maennlichen. On the 30th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the views at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls and then take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle.

Plan trip to Grindelwald with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Montreux to Grindelwald takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can go by car to Zermatt.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks · Nature · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 29 — Jul 1:

Zermatt, Switzerland

— 2 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): don't miss a visit to Mountaineers' Cemetery, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, then pause for some serene contemplation at Intercontinental Church Society, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat): browse the exhibits of Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, then take some stellar pictures from Gornergrat, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Castor Mountain.

For other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Zermatt tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Grindelwald to Zermatt in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Annecy.

Things to do in Zermatt

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 1 — 3:

Annecy, France

— 3 nights

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Get out of town with these interesting Annecy side-trips: Walibi Rhone-Alpes (in Les Avenieres) and Reve d'Eau (in Bellentre). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lake Annecy, snap pictures at Pont des Amours, don't miss a visit to La Vieille Ville, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Annecy journey builder site.

Getting from Zermatt to Annecy by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In July in Annecy, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Orange.

Things to do in Annecy

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 3 — 6:

Orange, France

— 2 nights
Orange is a commune in the Vaucluse Department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France, about 21km north of Avignon. On the 6th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Pont du Gard, then appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and then explore the ancient world of Roman Theatre of Orange. Keep things going the next day: Head underground at Caverne du Pont-d'Arc and then explore the fascinating underground world of Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Orange journey planner.

You can drive from Annecy to Orange in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Annecy in July, you will find days in Orange are a bit warmer (36°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Sault.

Things to do in Orange

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 6 — 8:

Sault, France

— 2 nights
Sault is a commune in the Vaucluse department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. Your day by day itinerary now includes Chemin des Lavandes as well as Distillerie du Vallon des Lavandes. Explore Sault's surroundings by going to Les Barons Perches (in Nyons) and Gorges de la Meouge (in Sisteron). And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Ventoux Passion Nature, explore the striking landscape at Gorges de la Nesque, and look for gifts at Nougat Andre Boyer.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Sault itinerary planner.

Getting from Orange to Sault by car takes about 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Sault

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 8 — 10:

Aix-en-Provence, France

— 1 night

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
To plan Aix-en-Provence vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can drive from Sault to Aix-en-Provence in 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Aix-en-Provence can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Moustiers Sainte-Marie.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 10 — 11:

Moustiers Sainte-Marie, France

— 2 nights
Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, or simply Moustiers, is a commune in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department in southeastern France, a part of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region and considered one of the "most beautiful villages of France".It lies at the western entrance to the Gorges du Verdon. Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): make a trip to Centre Ville. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Tue): cruise along Route des Cretes La Palud, then take in breathtaking views at Les Gorges du Verdon, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Notre Dame de Beauvoir.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Moustiers Sainte-Marie travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Aix-en-Provence to Moustiers Sainte-Marie in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In July in Moustiers Sainte-Marie, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Antibes.

Things to do in Moustiers Sainte-Marie

Nature · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 11 — 13:

Antibes, France

— 2 nights

Diamond of the French Riviera

The prosperous French Riviera resort town of Antibes is a popular summer destination featuring tons of beaches to suit couples, families, and any type of lifestyle, along with dozens, if not hundreds of cafes, bars, and salons de thé (tea) along the Mediterranean coast.
On the 13th (Wed), explore the world behind art at Musee Picasso. On the next day, observe the fascinating underwater world at Marineland.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Antibes tour planner.

Traveling by train from Moustiers Sainte-Marie to Antibes takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Moustiers Sainte-Marie in July, plan for little chillier days in Antibes, with highs around 32°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Antibes

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 13 — 15:

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.